Fan ownership would give rugby and football clubs stability, says thinktank

  • Second wave of virus would be major threat to small teams
  • ‘Clubs need a different way of running businesses,’ says Onward

The leading thinktank Onward has called on the government to encourage fans to take a financial stake in rugby and football clubs in order to create sustainability and offer greater protection during times of crisis. The recommendation is included in a report called A Sporting Chance, which focuses on how professional football below Premier League level, cricket and the two codes of rugby are coping during the coronavirus pandemic.

Will Tanner, Onward’s director, said: “A number of clubs are already facing severe financial difficulty and if the distancing and gathering restrictions continue into next season, we will see large numbers of clubs collapse and many towns lose the cultural heritage sports clubs represent.”

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